Cairo, Nov 28 (IANS) Seven fugitive Egyptians were Wednesday sentenced to death in absentia for crimes related to unity and independence of Egypt following the release of a film that allegedly insulted Islam, state media reported.
On Sep 11, thousands of Egyptians surrounded the US embassy in Cairo protesting the movie that reportedly insulted Prophet Mohammad. Clashes between protesters and security forces left one dead and more than 200 people injured.
The Cairo Criminal Court Wednesday sentenced to death the seven defendants, who are Egyptian immigrants to the US, Xinhua reported.
They were accused of committing crimes related to unity and independence of the country.
The seven defendants have also been put on the watch list of the Cairo International Airport.